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Daily Dashboard | Proposed bill would ban social media companies' use of 'dark patterns' Related reading: Martin Abrams: A look back at a career in information privacy and consumer policy




A bill introduced by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., would prohibit the use of alleged deceptive practices by social media companies, CNBC reports. The Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction Act takes aim at "dark patterns," which are tactics companies use to get more information from users. Websites may prompt patrons for their phone numbers and email addresses in order to continue to use the platform. The bill would result in the creation of a new regulator within the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to enforce best practices. Warner is expected to introduce three more data bills, in addition to the DETOUR Act. Meanwhile, Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., have urged the FTC to use its current enforcement powers to rein in tech companies.
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